The Non/Fiction Collection Prize

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or a combination of the two. The prize (which in previous iterations was known as the Sandstone Prize and The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction) carries a cash award of $1500 and publication with The Ohio State University Press under its standard contract.

 

Submission deadline: Winter 2018 (coming soon)

  • The award is open to writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, whether or not they have previously published a book.
  • Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories or essays; two or more novellas or novella-length essays; a combination of one or more novellas/novella-length essays and short stories/essays; a combination of stories and essays. Novellas or novella-length nonfiction must be part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 350 typed double-spaced pages, 12-point font. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic or self-published) makes it ineligible. Individual stories or essays that have been previously published may be included in the manuscript. Each submission must include a list of acknowledgments of previously published work (title and magazine/journal/anthology) included in the manuscript.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee.
  • All manuscripts will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All identifying information will be submitted through the online submission manager only.
  • Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, the submission should be promptly withdrawn from consideration.
  • Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript and a separate entry fee is paid.
  • No hard-copy manuscript submissions will be considered.

 

Please direct all inquiries to: prize@thejournalmag.org

 

The 2017 winner of the Non/Fiction Collection Prize is Anthony Moll. 

Anthony Moll is a Baltimore-based writer and educator. He writes about Queer life (and occasionally reviews books) for Baltimore City Paper. His creative work has appeared in Gertrude Journal, Assaracus, jubilat and more. Anthony holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts and has taught writing at University of Baltimore, Morgan State University and University of California, Santa Cruz.

His debut chapbook, a collection of poems titled Go to the Ant, O Sluggard, is available now from Akinoga Press.

Out of Step will be published by Mad Creek Books, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press in 2018.

 

 

The 2017 judge for the Non/Fiction Prize is Michael Kardos.

Michael Kardos - MSU Professor of Creative Writing (photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)

Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her (2015) and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of 2012, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse,  Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, have won a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and were cited several times as notable stories in BestAmerican Short Stories.

Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. He is at work on a new novel.